Cathartocarpus Fistula. Purging Cassia. Nat. Ord. CAesalpineae. Linn. Syst. Decandria Monogynia. Hab. East and West Indies, Egypt, &c.

Med. Prop. and Action. The pulp of the pods (off.) is laxative, and in larger doses cathartic. If given alone it creates much griping, nausea, and flatulence; to prevent which it should be combined with a carminative or a neutral salt. The Confection (Ph. Lond.) is a convenient form for administration (Cassia Pulp lbss., Manna ij-, Tamarind Pulpj., Syrup of Roses fviij.). Dose, 3ij. - j. The seeds and the leaves are also aperient. The pulp enters into the composition of several electuaries.

Offcc. Prep. Confectio SennAe (see Senna).

Dote of Cassia pulp, as a laxative, gr. lx. - gr. cxx.; as a cathartic, gr. cxx. Oz. Ss.

Therapeutic Uses. Very limited, similar to those of Senna. CassiAe Cortex. See Laurus Cassia.